A Nation At Last
|The Bulletin, 2 June 1900|
The last act in the making of the Australian Constitution was performed in London. The British Colonial Secretary, Joseph Chamberlain, requested that certain amendments be made to the Bill. A delegation from the colonies, however, insisted on 'the Bill, the whole Bill and nothing but the Bill', although they ultimately accepted one change to Clause 74. Legal appeals on non-constitutional matters would be allowed from the proposed Australian High Court to the Privy Council in London. The British Parliament now passed the Constitution Bill and Queen Victoria signed An Act to constitute the Commonwealth of Australia on 9 July 1900. The news was greeted with cheers in the British Parliament.